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Listen to Johnson Brunetti's Money Wisdom with Joel Johnson CFP®, host of Better Money Television program and Forbes Contributor. Gain true financial wisdom and advice aimed at educating you about all of your financial options when it comes to retirement so you can make the best decisions for you and your family. Get information and education that can bring you peace of mind with your savings and retirement. Whether it’s your 401k account, IRA, or an underperforming asset, Joel Johnson can answer your questions and make you more aware of issues that may affect you.

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Oct 5, 2018

Today, we learn how to deal with uncertainties that relate to our retirement. We also talk about important decisions that we need to get right before we retire, because they can't be changed later.


Main Questions Asked:

How can I focus on the things that I can control?

How can I create the best plan to overcome things like longevity risk and tax rate increases?


Key Lessons Learned:

How to Deal With Retirement Uncertainties

  • How to plan what we know that we don't know. Life expectancy. A healthy 65-year-old could live to 95. Many people will live past 100. It's important to have income and give yourself raises for inflation. Plan to be alive until the age 100.
  • Changes in interest rates. Your portfolio is affected by changes in interest rates. Interest rates affect bond rates. If the bond interest rate goes up, you don't make any money. If you're near retirement, you need a significant amount of assets that can't go down. Look into ETFs and insurance products.
  • Tax rates in the future. There's a good chance that taxes will go up, it might be a good idea to investigate things like Roth conversions.
  • What happens in the market from year-to-year? We have no idea, but we need to be careful of the averages. Especially since many investors switch in and out, and don't get those averages.


Important Retirement Decisions You Need to Get Right

  • When you start your Social Security. Starting Social Security is a irreversible decision. You need to consider your individual circumstances and include Social Security as one income source in your overall plan.
  • Whether you should take the spousal benefit on your pension. There are so many different options. It's important to get help with making this decision. There are things you can do, like take the full benefit plan but purchase life insurance.
  • Whether or not to get life insurance. You need to weigh all of your options before dropping life insurance, or if you need life insurance get a decision as possible.
  • Choosing a retirement date can be emotionally irreversible. It's critical to choose a retirement date that works for you, because it's hard to get back into the workplace. Plus, there are emotional drawbacks.


Links To Resources Mentioned

Money Map Retirement Review


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